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Who Cares If It Snows? A Weekend Roundup

It ain’t much, but it’s something! Image c/o Wesleyan University
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So, it snowed for the first time last night.  I’m assuming this means that winter has started, which is a little scary, but the events of this weekend are making it easier to process. There are many awesome things going on, including cultural shows, dancing shows and performing bands.

Here’s a roundup of some of the things happening:

Music Video: Seniors Drop “Late Night F******” for Music History Class

Heads up: “F*****” is either not what you think it is, or exactly what you hope it is.

Who needs an established music career in order to come up with solid music and entertaining videos? Definitely not the group that calls itself the Foss Hill Five, whose catalog of music up to this point was… nonexistent. But in MUSC 108, that doesn’t matter.

You heard right: “Late Night F*****” was written, recorded, and produced for a class right here at Wesleyan, a class that I myself am in. The incomparable (and so very liberal-arts sounding) “History of Rock and R&B” has its students team up to create songs, music videos, and even a class magazine for both a midterm and final project. Well, in addition to a test, which I am procrastinating studying for by writing up this blog post.

Aside from us boring people who wrote essays or designed a publication, some students rapped, remixed, re-instrumented, or re-sung existing tunes. But the most creative students went original, composing their own music, lyrics, and performing it all themselves.

That was the route taken by the ensemble of Henry Molofsky ’13 (Keyboard, Bass Synth, Lyrics, Composition), Adam Brudnick ’13 (Guitar, Production), Camille Bordet-Sturla ’13 (Vocals), Michael Zazzaro ’13 (Guitar, Composition) and Alex Kuwada ’13 (Vocals, Lyrics), who devised “Late Night F*****” as an ode to “the ultimate Wesleyan weekend transition: from partying on Fountain to ordering Falafel Cart.”

Get your mind out of the gutter— “F*****” is just “Falafel.” Watch the video above, and then read more about this epic, school-mandated collaboration

11/11/11: A CORDUROY MANIFESTO

Happy Veteran’s Day, happy Friday, and happy 11/11/11—the 93rd anniversary of Armistice Day, the 124th anniversary of the Haymarket Affair executions, and 37th birthday of Leonardo DiCaprio (whoo!). Not that there’s any want of Wesleyan celebrations marking the visually stimulating numerical occasion: there’s the Brighter Dawns rave, which invites you to cast a wish at 11:11:11, plus Desperate Measures’ 11.11.11 improv show, plus a wild 11.11.11 Josh Smith & the Concert G’s reunion show also marking Josh Smith ’11’s 11th birthday (okay, not quite), and goodness knows what other sorts of voodoo debauchery will be taking place on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh year. So, yeah. Add to that a weekend already involving Awesomefest, 8th Day of the Week (with freaking Teebs), Brazil at the Film Series, Spirits and Sinners and Ghanian drumming concerts, and an ungodly occupation of the Shapiro Writing Center that will go to any lengths necessary to produce a magazine in the amount of time it would take you to listen the Flaming Lips’ 24 hour song twice—well, this weekend should make up for all those hours you spent fumbling with a flashlight and waiting for the heat to go back on.

But before you dress up to play tonight, the Wesleyan Organization of Corduroy Kids and Appreciators (WOCKA) urges you to consider one final 11/11/11 occasion: Corduroy Appreciation Day. The holiday, which marks the fact that 111111 totally resembles the fabric stripes, may be celebrated anywhere by all who deck out in corduroy, “the fabric of intellectuals, poets, Woody Allen.” But the indisputable center of the movement is in Manhattan, where the Corduroy Appreciation Society is throwing a party that’s been in the works since 2005. They’re looking for a supposed “Corduroy Messiah,” too—and they’re not kidding around: